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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips Every Employee Should Know

Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips Every Employee Should Know

All too often, employees are injured on the job. Not only is this tough on those who are injured, it is also tough for the companies they work for. When employees are injured, they are often out of work for long periods of time. So they are not earning their full wages and the companies must replace these employees temporarily.

Even though workplace accidents are commonplace, it can be quite easy to avoid them and not become injured. The trick is to know how to avoid accidents and injuries. Here are 10 workplace safety tips that every employee (and employer) should know.

1. Know the Risks

There are some jobs that are going to come with certain risks. It is important that you understand these risks before taking on a certain job. Then, you will be better prepared to take the proper steps to avoid a work-related injury, especially if you are working with dangerous equipment.

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2. Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Many people don’t realize that workplace stress can lead to work-related injuries as well as illness. Things that can cause workplace stress include working too many hours, having too much of a workload, insecurity in your job, and conflicts with bosses and coworkers.

3. Take Breaks

It is important that you take breaks as they are scheduled, and even more often if you are able. This is going to help you to stay alert, and that will help you to avoid stress and injuries. Try to schedule the toughest tasks for the times in the day when you have the best concentration levels, such as first thing in the morning.

4. Be Careful When Lifting

If your job involves heavy lifting, moving heavy items around, etc., make sure that you are doing the work properly. Use the right equipment, ergonomically designed furniture, and make sure things are within easy reach.

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5. Use Mechanical Aids

Mechanical aids are there to help you, so take advantage of them. Use conveyer belts, cranes, forklifts, wheelbarrows, etc. to do the heavy lifting for you to avoid injuries on the job.

6. Check out Safety Resources

It is always a good idea to check out tips on various safety resources from time to time. There may be new information available that can help you stay even safer in the workplace. Some of the safety resources include:

7. Know Your Surroundings

It is important to know your surroundings in the workplace so you can assess any possible risks. Once you know where hazardous areas are, you can potentially avoid hazardous situations. Be careful around machinery as well, as inattention can lead to serious injuries.

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8. Keep Good Posture

When you are working, make sure that you keep good posture. This is going to help keep you from having a lot of back, neck, and shoulder pain, and help to avoid back injuries.

It is easy to stay in perfect posture. Simply shrug your shoulders, move them back, and then drop them, and you are in perfect posture.

9. Have Accessible Emergency Exits

If there ever is an emergency, you need to know that all emergency exits are easily accessible. Make sure that you know all escape routes from the building and that there is no equipment or anything else blocking these exits.

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10. Report Unsafe Conditions to Management

It is imperative that your supervisors are aware of any unsafe conditions in the workplace. It is their job to correct these issues, but if they are not aware of them, nothing will get done. The more they know, the safer your workplace will be.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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